Tofu as a Meat Replacement
Even as I just wrote that here is a recipe for tofu as a meat replacement, I am thinking what a misrepresentation! This recipe stands on its own. My kids and I love tofu prepared this way. Those of the kids' friends who haven't had the privilege of being served tofu at home (!), have been very surprised at how good it is and are asking for seconds. The reason it is billed as a meat replacement is because it is perfect served in sandwiches, served with gluten-free gravy and mashed potatoes, and/or served with a slice or two of soy cheese, cilantro, chopped red onions, little salsa, etc., on top. Yum! Sort of like a meat replacement, right? I prefer to use tofu that has been frozen~~it makes for a chewier texture which circumvents some complaints of fresh tofu's, hmmm, what have I heard? Squishiness? The cornstarch mixture makes for a nice crispy coating. The texture combination is unexpectedly satisfying!
|14 oz. extra-firm tofu, frozen, thawed and sliced into 12 slices
2 cups corn starch
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons garlic powder
½ teaspoon curry
|1 and ½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon ground thyme
½ teaspoon ground sage
½ teaspoon paprika
|After slicing the thawed tofu, place the slices on lint-free kitchen towel or paper towels; cover with same and cover with something weighty. I use a corian cutting board with a 1 pound jar of beans on top. Let rest for about an hour. While waiting, mix together the cornstarch and spices in a bowl with generous opening. When the hour is about up, heat a large saute or frying pan with a layer of olive oil about 1/8 of an inch deep (replenish as needed). Take each slice of tofu and dip into your cornstarch/spice mixture, covering thoroughly. Place in hot oil. Fry each side 2-3 minutes or until golden and crispy. Remove to double-thickness of paper towel on a plate. Salt and/or pepper to taste; serve with condiments of your choosing for sandwich fixings with or without bread! Keep leftover cornstarch mixture in airtight container for future use.|
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